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Seventh Annual SXSW Accelerator Startup Competition Announces 2015 Winners

March 16, 2015 9:06 am | by WDD Staff | Comments

The world’s most innovative technology solutions were in the spotlight March 14-15 at the seventh annual SXSW Accelerator startup competition, presented by Oracle, which wrapped up tonight with an awards ceremony that recognized this year’s winners. Six leading startups ...

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Researchers Synthesize New Thin-Film Material for Use in Fuel Cells

March 13, 2015 4:08 pm | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

Researchers from Cornell University have synthesized a new thin-film catalyst for use in fuel cells. In a paper published March 10 in the journal APL Materials, from AIP Publishing, the team reports the first-ever epitaxial thin-film growth of Bi2Pt2O7 pyrochlore, which could ... 

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New Technology May Double Radio Frequency Data Capacity

March 13, 2015 4:00 pm | by Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science | Comments

A team of Columbia Engineering researchers has invented a technology--full-duplex radio integrated circuits (ICs)--that can be implemented in nanoscale CMOS to enable simultaneous transmission and reception at the same frequency in a wireless radio. Up to now, this has been thought ... 

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Mars Rover Moving Robotic Arm Again After Electrical Short

March 13, 2015 11:09 am | by Associated Press | Comments

NASA says the robotic arm on the Curiosity rover is moving again after a short circuit temporarily halted its work on Mars. The space agency said Thursday that Curiosity transferred a powder sample from a recent rock drilling to an onboard laboratory to ... 

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Photos of the Day: Italy’s First Built F-35A Unveiled

March 13, 2015 10:46 am | by Lockheed Martin | Comments

The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, advanced mission systems, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and cutting-edge sustainment. Three distinct variants of the F-35 will replace ... 

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Wireless, Magnetic Brain Stimulation

March 13, 2015 10:30 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | Comments

Researchers at MIT have developed a method to stimulate brain tissue using external magnetic fields and injected magnetic nanoparticles — a technique allowing direct stimulation of neurons, which could be an effective treatment for a variety of neurological diseases, without ... 

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High Power, High Safety Oxide-Based Negative Electrode Materials for Li-Ion Battery

March 13, 2015 10:17 am | by Toyohashi University of Technology | Comments

Mixed Ti-Nb oxide Ti2Nb10O29 (TNO) is one of the negative electrode materials for large scale Li-ion battery with high safety because the potential (= 1.6 V vs. Li/Li+) for Li storage of TNO should avoid possible Li plating or formation of Li dendrites and the short circuit ... 

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NASA Spacecraft in Earth’s Orbit, Preparing to Study Magnetic Reconnection

March 13, 2015 2:16 am | by NASA | Comments

Following a successful launch at 10:44 p.m. EDT Thursday, NASA’s four Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft are positioned in Earth’s orbit to begin the first space mission dedicated to the study of a phenomenon called magnetic reconnection. This process is thought to be the catalyst for some...

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Chameleon-like Artificial 'Skin' Shifts Color on Demand

March 12, 2015 10:42 am | by The Optical Society | Comments

Borrowing a trick from nature, engineers from the University of California at Berkeley have created an incredibly thin, chameleon-like material that can be made to change color -- on demand -- by simply applying a minute amount of force. This new ... 

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Teaching Programming to Preschoolers with Interactive Robots

March 12, 2015 10:27 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | Comments

Researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory are developing a system that enables young children to program interactive robots by affixing stickers to laminated sheets of paper ...

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Photos of the Day: Programming a Robot with Stickers

March 12, 2015 10:27 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | Comments

Not only could the system introduce children to programming principles, but it could also serve as a research tool, to help determine which computational concepts children can grasp at what ages, and how interactive robots can best be integrated into educational curricula ...

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DARPA “Brandeis” Program Aims to Ensure Online Privacy Through Technology

March 12, 2015 10:18 am | by DARPA | Comments

DARPA announced plans to research and develop tools for online privacy, one of the most vexing problems facing the connected world as devices and data proliferate beyond a capacity to be managed responsibly. Named for former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, who while a student at Harvard law school co-developed the concept of a “right to privacy” ...

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China Sells Apple Watch Lookalikes

March 12, 2015 10:05 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | Comments

A month before Apple Inc.'s smartwatch hits the market, China's thriving copycat manufacturers are selling lookalikes, some openly advertised as Apple copies ...

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Google Adds Ammunition to its Technological Artillery

March 12, 2015 10:00 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

The latest weapon is aimed at websites riddled with "unwanted software" — a term that Google uses to describe secretly installed programs that can change a browser's settings without a user's permission ...

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Stanford Launches Smartphone App to Study Heart Health

March 11, 2015 3:39 pm | Comments

A free iPhone app allows users to contribute to a study of human heart health while learning about the health of their own hearts, and uses a new software framework developed by Apple ...

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